Kristine is vibrant and determined, Sean is a little more quiet.  After many years together, their dream wedding came together at the Art Gallery of Alberta.  After two engagement sessions together I was really looking forward to photographing these two – they are easy going, and happy to follow my suggestions for where to go for photos (including traipsing through some super tall grass bustling with mosquitoes!).  Their small bridal party (just maid of honour Erin and best man Ian) were so fantastic, and we had a relaxed day.

Congratulations Kristine & Sean!

- Haley

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So…apparently Sean never actually proposed.  I have to say this was a first, witnessing a marriage proposal AFTER the wedding!

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There were some technical difficulties with the cake, the Art Gallery staff did an awesome job in helping make sure Kristine & Sean still had a beautiful cake to cut. Talk about going the extra mile!

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Big thanks to Bruce & Jesse for all their hard work!  Jesse proved some special talents by photographing while the maid of honour sat on him…and luckily Bruce knows how to pin boutonnieres!

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Short and sweet. That is how I would describe Aatifa. Kind and fun. That’s Irfaan. They make a wonderful couple. So easy-going, they weren’t a bit nervous on their wedding day. They know they are meant for each-other and they just went for the flow. It was great to see family and friends that we knew from other weddings. Congratulations Aatifa & Irfaan!

The Nikkah was in the gorgeous Edmonton Belle Rive Jamatkhana. The geometric architecture is stunning!

- Michael

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Irfaan’s pithi ceremony was a chance for his friends to dump an absolutely foul concoction on him as the women in the family begged them not to, extolling what a nice guy he is and that he doesn’t deserve it. Here are the ingredients. You can only imagine how it smelled in the hot community hall!

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Michael found a creative use for his earplugs at Irfaan’s pithi! Behind the scenes with Michael & Melissa:

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The Spadaforas celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this past July!  The family arranged for an extended family portrait session at the Hotel MacDonald to commemorate this wonderful milestone.

- Michael

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Angelina & Tariq’s engagement session started as a beautiful evening in the river valley, then we were chased away by the mosquitoes to the top of a parking garage. There we found respite. And really, isn’t a parkade with high rises a perfect backdrop for this car and this couple? Angelina and Tariq are adorable and fun. I had a great time shooting them and can’t wait until their wedding next year.

- Michael

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I don’t think there were too many points of Deepti & Alex’s wedding day that one of them wasn’t laughing/smiling/giggling/joking.  These two are super laid back (my ideal couple!) and just wanted to have a blast at their wedding.

Deepti went through wedding planning not only long distance (they live in Vancouver) but also in the middle of school and exams so I have to give her credit for everything running so smoothly!  Both Deepti’s and Alex’s parents were so delightful. Alex’s family is from Bosnia, and it was wonderful to see these two families and cultures merge together.

- Haley

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Most of the ceremony was conducted with Alex & Deepti separated by a curtain. It was a bit of a challenge photographically (especially with so many people up on the mandap!) but it was really cool to watch their faces, and the anticipation, when they finally got a chance to see each other.

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Thankfully Sam has long arms and could fit us all in for a selfie!

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Since we shot Meshal and Sara’s wedding a couple of years ago we have been invited to photograph quite a few more Sunni weddings. Adil is close family with our neighbours and we have been able to shoot a number of the family and friend’s weddings. It was nice to see so many people that we know at the events.

This was my first time taking pictures at the Sunni Nikah ceremony. It was at the Markaz Ul Islam. I had never before been inside a Sunni Mosque before. It was a humbling experience that I will never forget. The community is very close and everyone, even those not related by blood, treats others there as family.

Their reception was at the ballroom at the new Hilton Doubletree Hotel in Edmonton (formerly the Mayfield). I think that you will agree that the renovated ballroom, along with the exceptional styling by Exquisite Affairs created an elegant reception.

- Michael

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  1. Rajendra posted the following on August 21, 2014 at 9:14 am.

    Grand one…


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Amber & Chris’ elegant wedding at Edmonton’s Oasis Centre had a few interesting highlights: Fireworks, a food truck, security kicking us out of a parkade, and a stripper pole in the limo!  The Oasis is a beautiful venue.  The amenities and beautiful gardens out back made it easy for Amber & Chris to host both their ceremony and reception there.

I think Chris knew within about 5 minutes of meeting Amber that he was going to marry her, and the feeling was mutual. They had a quick courtship, and a beautiful baby girl, and made it official with their wedding in August.  Chris booked me over the phone in about 10 minutes without ever meeting me, so I get the impression that when he knows what he wants he goes after it!  When I met them at their engagement session I knew we were going to have an awesome time at the wedding, and my second shooter Tessa and I certainly did!

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I got to go up on the roof of the Oasis Centre to get some aerial shots of the champagne reception after the wedding! 2 rickety ladders…it was worth it.

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  1. Chris & Amber Cogswell posted the following on August 15, 2014 at 9:50 am.

    Look great, cant wait to see the rest! :)

  2. Ottawa Photographer, Black Lamb posted the following on August 16, 2014 at 7:50 am.

    These are awesome wedding photos. It looks like this was a fun wedding to shoot.


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For starters, I don’t need to tell you how gorgeous this couple and their bridal party are. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. Bethany and Tej had me shoot their elegant wedding events in the weeks surrounding their wedding ceremony in Mexico. While I did not shoot the wedding ceremony, I did get to witness a dramatic difference in everyone’s skin colour from the pictures from the first week to the second.

The decor at their Westin Edmonton reception was by Kim from A Chair to Remember, and it was over the top stunning!

Thank you to Melissa for doing such a great job shooting their reception with me.

- Michael

Decor: A Chair To Remember
Florals: Wild Orchid
Hair & Makeup: Sen Studios

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This is a super cool picture for us, it encompasses a past groom, current groom, and future groom!  We shot Kevin’s (left) wedding reception about 4 years ago, and are shooting Jatinder’s (right) wedding at the end of the month. It’s a Shandro Photo hat-trick!

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  1. Cathy Chamberlain posted the following on August 15, 2014 at 5:50 pm.

    You have captured the amazing beauty that these 2 people emminate whenever they walk through a room. The decor is an amazing backdrop fitting for Bethany and Tej .
    Can’t wait to see the Mexico pictures.
    Aunt Cathy


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From the first meeting that I had with Kristyn and Joel I knew that their wedding would be a great time. They were naturally chilled out sitting on the couch in our studio and we hit it off immediatly. Their wedding ceremony was a chance for family to gather under the big tree on a hot and sunny day at the beautiful Devonian Gardens 

Kristyn and Joel’s reception was a fun filled event. Much of the family had come from out of town. I experienced my first bun tossing. The family started a tradition last year at Joel’s sister’s wedding whereby they throw buns at each-other. I have to admit, it was pretty fun. I got a couple of buns thrown at me and even got a sneak-attack in at one of the guests at my table.

Thank you to me second shooter Tessa, I had a great day working with you in the sweltering sun. And a special thank you to Kim who assisted us on the day.

- Michael

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Michael really enjoyed photographing Kristy & Jason for their engagement session. Kristy’s mom surprised her with the shoot as a gift!  What a thoughtful gift for a bride-to-be before her wedding. These two just bought a house together as well, what an exciting time in their lives! We wish them all the best at their wedding.

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